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European Commission's proposal for new copyright rules released

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European Commission's proposal for new copyright rules released

The key points of the copyright reform are in line with what the earlier leaks suggested. The proposal would give news publishers new online rights to their content, helping them negotiate agreements with third parties such as Google News who publish samples of their articles, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The new rules would also require online video platforms such as Google’s YouTube to be transparent about the profits make from artists’ and performers’ content, and to automatically vet their archives for pirated content.

Google immediately criticised the latter element: “This would effectively turn the internet into a place where everything uploaded to the web must be cleared by lawyers before it can find an audience,” the company said in a blog post.

European publishers were pleased with the copyright reform, saying it would help tilt the balance slightly more in their favour in a situation where online giants have become a major source of news, Politico reported. The new copyright rules would give them the same protections as other media industries such as the film and music sectors.

The copyright reform will next be debated in the European Parliament before it can be adopted.


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Teemu Henriksson


2016-09-15 13:29

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